“Reading is boring. It is a waste of time. I find people who read as idiots. This is not my opinion. This is an established fact.”
This was me 10 months ago.
Now I am 20 books down, and am going through a breakdown/BREAKTHROUGH and I really feel that books are one of the best things to do with your time.
Why is it that on an average, a CEO reads 50 books a year?
Why is it that so many successful people in various fields think that books are a way to succeed?
Can you do it without books?
We shall discuss the reasons below –
1.) Wider Perspective –
This point, in my opinion, is the most important thing you can get out of books. We only know things which we have heard, read, watched, or experienced. So when we read, we get a wider view of all the problems, opportunities, emotions and actions. There is a concept called ‘Neuroplasticity’ which I have discussed in an earlier blog which basically means that your brain is like plastic and as you start thinking more, your brain grows in size and capacity and can never get back to normal. As reading enhances that growth, opportunities flourish.
2.) Increase in Knowledge –
You learn a lot when you read or listen to a lot of perspectives and go deep into them. This knowledge is necessary in every sphere of the world. This knowledge can take you to my next point.
3.) Influencing People –
Even though millennials hate the word ‘Geek’, geeks are good at what they know about. When you know a lot about a certain thing, people tend to get influenced by you. I have a friend, Piyush, who has something to say on so many things. I get intimidated by him easily. Sometimes I fear that he can talk me into changing my sexuality.
P.S.- I want a world free of judgment on other’s sexual orientation.
This point connects us to another point.
4.) Confidence –
Reading books does increase confidence in us as it helps us in growing our knowledge sphere and making us a better person. I was this super insecure kid bad at presenting myself. But as I started reading more, I felt comfortable around the unknowns as I was confident of my achievements(reading being the prime achievement yet) and conscious of my plus points.
5.) Ethics –
Maybe this is not the most desirable reason to read as the world is doing okay without ethics. But as we read more of good content, we understand how being ethically correct is good for the world and also for ‘Us’. Reading about Gandhi and Mandela and getting into their ideologies and how it turned the world into a better place inspires us to take up their values. This is indeed an improvement you should look forward to.
6.) Strong Dating Life –
Not the kind of dating you are looking for. But that too. Sure. What I am talking about is that reading autobiographies of great thinkers, workers, believers while eating is such a good date. Many of these great people are dead, yet, you have the golden opportunity to download their brains and let it work for your betterment. If this is not amusing you then you are built to watch ‘Crime Petrol’ Or ‘Big Boss’.
7.) Stress Reduction –
Honestly, I started reading because I was going through a stressful phase in my relationship and it was great to read and invest some time someplace else than being worried about who your girl is meeting.
A 2009 study at the University of Sussex found that reading can reduce stress by up to 68%. It works better and faster than other relaxation methods, such as listening to music or drinking a hot cup of tea.
P.S.- I am single now.
8.) Better Vocabulary –
Vocabulary is improved by reading more as you go through so many new words and it increases the probability of you learning them. Don’t think twice before referring to a dictionary or googling something. Initially, you might think that this process is slowing you down, but in the long run, you are just making reading quicker and more fun experience.
9.) Memory –
Studies show that you can work a lot on your memory by reading. Alzheimer’s disease in this day and age is always daunting us. But reading can save you from it. If anything, you will save a lot from not having to take treatment for Alzheimer and you can use those extra bucks on ‘books’.
10.) A Boost to your Creativity –
I never thought I can write a blog before starting to read. And with this experience, I can tell you that ‘Reading Increases your Creativity’.
New thoughts and ideologies inspire us, stories of real and fictional people connect to our soul and it is a way to improve your creativity in the field you are working.
11.) More opportunities –
I think I have covered this point above but I am not sure so here it goes again. I never knew I can write until I read books. And now I am so much more open to unexpected glories and new hobbies. Things seem more possible to me than ever. You might pick up something else with reading which might change your life.
12.) Connecting Dots –
You can easily argue that not everything you read will help you. But I politely differ from this perspective. I have seen the knowledge connecting throughout life for a better reality and a prosperous future.
Take the example of Steve Jobs – being an Entrepreneur, why did he ever take up a class for calligraphy? But eventually, he used the knowledge in building the software for word processor in Mac IOS. Who would have thought, that this will ever connect? But it did.
‘You can only see them connect backwards when you achieve something with it.’
13.) Communication Skills are Polished –
Reading quality content improves and upgrades your quality of communication. It may take some time but this is inevitable. You will thank the idea of reading books.
And just so you don’t know, communication skills are the soul of your life. It is very hard to accomplish anything without quality talks.
14.) Cheap thrills –
Well, this point is one of my favourite reason. They don’t cost much and you can read them for a few days or weeks unlike the food and the movies which finish in a few minutes. Plus you gain something out of it which is more profitable than gaining extra pounds.
15.) Sleep –
Yes. Yessss. It helps you to sleep better. Do it for the sake of sleep. If you are having a hard time sleeping, a habit of reading might be of some help.
I tried my best in trying to cover all the benefits of reading. Surely, some are being ignored and not covered in this blog post. But the aim is to make you read more so that you may improve your life and help others improve their lives. Most importantly, I want all of us to be happy and fulfilled and prosper a lot in life.
If you can, take out 40 minutes of your day to watch this video.
It inspired me to write this blog.